My inbox has been filled with emails from some pretty amazing and inspiring lupies (and non-lupies) from around the world. Recently, I had the pleasure of “meeting” Valerie Green, the author of our very first guest post. She is a passionate lupus advocate with some stellar suggestions on how we can “fight the wolf” during Lupus Awareness Month. She is based out of the United States, but regardless of where you live, the info still applies! Valerie, I’ll let you take it from here:
FIGHT THE WOLF by Valerie Green
May is a month to celebrate life and howl in the face of lupus. The disease affects millions and now is the time to rally together to take a stand against the wolf. Lupus awareness and research nonprofits are making incredible strides to find a cure, but they, like everyone else, need all the support they can get- it get’s slippery! Apparently, research shows that Americans know little or nothing about lupus. We need to change that! There are many ways you can support lupus awareness during May, but here are some really fun ways to make an impact.
Move, dance, and beat the street! The Lupus Foundation of America hosts walks all over the country. Find a walk near you by searching your local lupus chapter and join the movement! If you can’t attend a walk, support someone who is or join the Alliance for Lupus Research’s virtual walk.
POP! Put on purple on May 15th and do what we all do best- take a selfie. This great tumblr sponsored by The Lupus Foundation of America is a fun way to tell people why you’re looking great in purple to support lupus awareness. And don’t limit yourself. Lavender, violet, lilac, magenta- wear every shade with pride!
Remember Lucy floating around the sky with diamonds? Well, apparently she was a real person, who sadly died of lupus. One of the most famous Lucy’s in history was slain by the wolf. How does everyone not know this? John Lennon’s son, Julian, is trying to change that. He’s the Lupus Foundation of America’s Global Ambassador and was a dear friend of Lucy’s. May 10th is World Lupus Day and Julian wants us to take a pledge to educate others and raise awareness.
Lastly, you can shop for a cure! Literally, anywhere online. Goodshop.com has donated thousands of dollars to lupus research because people like you have shopped through their website at stores like Pottery Barn, Hotels.com, FTD. Signup and select one of their 24 lupus research foundations, like The Lupus Foundation of America or The Alliance for Lupus Research and they’ll donate up to 20% of any purchase you make online to help find a cure for lupus.
Valerie Greene is passionate about spreading awareness about lupus because it is a cause close to her heart. She has devoted her life to fundraising for nonprofits to help make an impact on the world. Purple is also her favourite colour.
Thank you, Valerie!
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s on deck for Face Forward:
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been asked to review “Fabulupus,” the first lupus book for young people on how to be young, successful, and fabulous (with lupus). I’m turning the pages as we speak and I’m looking forward to sharing my review here on the blog! For now, check out their website at fabulupus.com. The ebook version is now available, so it’s even easier for you to read along with me! Book club, anyone?